Saturday 21st August

2pm - The Writing Business
Make Them Say Yes

Writers' Retreat

Think you've written a great book but can't find an agent or publisher? Desperate to catch that elusive contract? Want to avoid pitfalls and make a perfect pitch? Hear the no-nonsense and thought-provoking advice of Nicola Morgan, who has made a publisher say 'yes' on many occasions and is the creator of the acclaimed blog Help! I Need a Publisher!.
In association with the Society of Authors.

2.30pm - Rodge Glass, Doug Johnstone, Kevin MacNeil & Micaela Maftei
A Short Story Collection from Glasgow's Vibrant New Publisher

Peppers Theatre

Edited by Somerset Maugham Prize-winning author Rodge Glass, and published by Glasgow's youngest publishing company, Cargo, The Year of Open Doors is an ambitious project that seeks to mix stories by established authors, with contributions from writers who have never been published before. Glass discusses the project with three of its contributors, Doug Johnstone, Kevin MacNeil and Micaela Maftei.

5pm - Meaghan Delahunt, Neel Mukherjee & Kamila Shamsie
From East to West: A Literature of Longing and Fascination?

ScottishPower Studio Theatre

Whether it's EM Forster or Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie or David Peace, 'the East' has long been a rich source of inspiration for writers whose readers are primarily in 'the West'. In a lively discussion of influences, inspiration and a history of mutual fascination, three writers whose work crosses continents and cultures discuss what it is that drew them to their subjects and what continues to capture the imaginations of readers.
A British Council Bookcase Event.

8.30pm - Ron Butlin & Brian Johnstone: Poetry Showcase
The Shore Poets Present Leading Edinburgh Poets

Peppers Theatre

What happens when you invite librettist, novelist and Edinburgh's Makar Ron Butlin and Brian Johnstone, co-founder of Shore Poets and ex-director of StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival, to hand select and read alongside the cream of Edinburgh's poetic talent? A shortcut to the beating heart of Edinburgh's burgeoning poetry scene is guaranteed in this enticing hour.
In association with the Scottish Poetry Library.